If you are trying to cut cost raising your chickens and have been wondering how to make chicken feeders yourself at home, then check this idea out.

Here is what you will need:

5 gallon plastic pail with tight fitting lid and smaller screw on lid (you could make this smaller using a 2 gallon pail, depends on the size of the brood you are looking to feed)

Sturdy tray for food to fall into, such as metal pan, serving dishes etc.


1 inch paddle bit

Chicken feed

Head to your local home improvement store, and find and purchase those 5 gallon paint pails that have the tight lid and then the smaller screw top lid in the middle of it. (this makes it easier to add grain)

You see these a lot with the larger quantity of paints and primers in them but you can purchase them as empty pails, but make sure you get the proper lid that fits on tight.

How To Make Chicken Feeders at Home – Take a drill and a one inch paddle bit, and then take your bucket and drill a hole about an inch and a half from the bottom of the bucket.  (you may want to draw a line at these level around the bucket) do more of these holes approximately every 2 inches.

Now you need a tray for this bucket to sit in to hold the food.  You can use a metal oil pan tray, or a large serving tray, this is where you get creative and find something with at least 2 or 3 inch deep sides to it.

Now fill the bucket with grain for your chickens using the screw top part of the lid so that you never have to take off the main lid (which can be difficult) and make sure the bucket is sitting in the tray or bowl you have chosen. 

The food will spill out into the tray and as the tray empties, more food will come out of the holes, basically like an oversized bird feeder!

This is a cheap way to make chicken feeders that works quite well.  or you can watch the video below for a similar idea for how to make chicken feeders!


Or Buy a Chicken Feeder!

Little Giant 11 Lbs Plastic Hanging Poultry Feeder PHF11
Amazon Price: $19.99 $13.15 Buy Now
(price as of May 5, 2013)

Homemade Chicken Feeders

You can do the same for water.   You would take the same type of empty bucket but instead of drilling holes all around the bottom, you would drill a small hole with a smaller drill bit about an inch or so from the top of the bucket and one more on the opposite side.

You would then fill the bucket with water through that screw on lid, and then turn the bucket upside down into a sturdy bowl.  The water will fill the bowl but will not overflow, and as the chickens drink the water and the level drops, more water will come out of the holes.

Both ways are a great way to serve food and water and yet keep the supply safe and fresh from the elements.

How to Make Chicken feedersCredit: Amazon

Little Giant 11 Lbs Plastic Hanging Poultry Feeder PHF11 If you prefer not to make your own, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get one.  You could check out the farm supply stores, but you can get some awesome deals online at sites such as Amazon for under 25 dollars depending on the size you are looking for.  Happy Chicken feeding!